Rednecks Respond

Wikipedia says: The term redneck is a derogatory term chiefly used for a rural poor white person of the Southern United States.] It’s usage is similar in meaning to cracker (especially regarding GeorgiaTexas, and Florida), hillbilly (especially regarding Appalachia and the Ozarks), and white trash (but without the last term’s suggestions of immorality)

I did not write this—but it’s worth reading. They may be Rednecks, but they know what has to be done, and they are doing it in droves. God bless them!

Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men. They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.

Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of camo. Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.

These are the people the Left loves to hate, the ones Maddow mocks. The ones Maher and Olbermann just *know* they’re so much better than.

These are The Quiet Ones. They don’t wear masks and tear down statues. They don’t, as a rule, march and demonstrate. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.

But they’ll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging gators and water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They’ll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.

When disaster strikes, it’s what men do. Real men. Heroic men. American men. And then they’ll knock back a few shots, or a few beers with like-minded men they’ve never met before, and talk about fish, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their F-150 pickup’s.

And the next time they hear someone talk about “the patriarchy”, or “male privilege”, they’ll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.

In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done.

They’re unlikely to be reimbursed. There won’t be any medals. They won’t care. They’re heroes. And that’s what heroes do.


8 thoughts on “Rednecks Respond”

  1. Jim and I have been Marines since the 1950s, our brothers would and will fight to the death for a red neck Marine……Sam….

  2. Wikipedia is famous for their lack of knowledge, but perfect for the new generation of American who well-defines “a little education.” The etymology of words and phrases fascinates me. “Cracker” comes from a term originally applied to America’s first cowboys —ranchers in Florida, who cracked a whip as a means of moving herds of cattle. Redneck is a term first applied to those who worked the fields in rural America circa 1820-1840. I can’t think of any good reason to disparage people who do an honest day’s work. Jim Webb makes the case in his book, Born Fighting, that it has always been the working man who stepped up to the plate for America. I much prefer to associate with these people than the weenies who now overpopulate our country’s political left.

    1. MUstang, could not agree with you more. The working man (and woman), the true American who understands “citizenship” and the responsibilities that go with it. I probably should not have used Wikipedia, but was rushed for time and it was first on the list when I goggled “Redneck.” Wikipedia is a actually a joke, in fact, any one can post something on the site. As always, enjoyed your input; Thanks Amigo.

    2. Wrong. Red neck came from the coal miners who wore red scarfs around their necks to identify their movement, as they fought the mine owner thugs who served to subject miners to the will of the owners.

  3. This actually choked me up. The Maddows and Mahers of the USA don’t DO for others. It’s those they mock that put their lives on the line for others. If only the elitists could feel shame, they would realize what fools they have been to insult the very people that would risk their life for the likes of them. May God bless our rednecks..

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